This week in Funding News: May 2, 2019

Welcome to Issue #14 of Funding News Weekly — your weekly connection to funding opportunities, tools, and grant makers that meet your mission. These curated opportunities represent potential investments and partnerships for MBK Communities to support strategies and initiatives for boys and young men of color.

Grant opportunities this week include: A $1,000,000 grant from the Department of Health and Services around American Indian and Native Hawiian Child Care, a crime reduction program from the Department of Justice, and a community technology grant from Best Buy which focuses on giving at risk youth access to technology. The Crown Family Philanthropies and Polk Bros Foundation partnered together for their Youth Homelessness Fund, which focuses on helping homeless youth secure housing by providing them with funds.

New Funding Opportunities

National Opportunities

    1. Department of Justice: Community-Based Crime Reduction Program $$$$$
      Deadline: June 25, 2019
      Amount: $1,000,000 – $10,000,000
      Category: Community Development
      Geographic Funding Area: National
      Eligibility: Nonprofits with a 501(c)(3) status/ City, townships, country governments
      Description: The Department of Justice launched their Innovations in Community-Based Crime Reduction Program to focus on high crime communities with concentrated distress and hot spots of crime. The grant is meant to assist communities struggling with drug abuse, and support law enforcement officers by integrating officers and enforcement strategies into community-based crime reduction efforts.
      Complete RFP: https://www.bja.gov/funding/CBCR19.pdf
    2. Best Buy: Invites Proposals for Community Technology Grants $
      Deadline: May 21, 2019
      Amount: $15,000
      Category: Youth/Science/Technology
      Geographic Funding Area: National
      Eligibility: public or private nonprofit community based organizations
      Description: The Best Buy Foundation offering grants in support of equitable, innovative and impact-driven programs focuses on enhancing the lives of youth between 13 and 19 through technology-enabled curricula out of school. The grants will supply underserved teens with access to innovate technologies and help them stay engaged and become increasingly fluent in technological fields while developing skills to help better prepare them for future education and career success.
      Complete RFP: https://corporate.bestbuy.com/community-grants-page/

State Specific Opportunities

    1. Brooklyn Community Foundation: Spark Prize $$$
      Deadline: May 10, 2019
      Amount: $100,000
      Category: Community Improvement/ Development
      Geographic Funding Area: New York/ Brooklyn
      Eligibility:nonprofit with 501(c)(3) status
      Description:The Brooklyn Community Foundation is accepting applications from Brooklyn-based nonprofits for its annual Spark Prize. The foundation created the Spark Prize in 2016 to strengthen the borough’s nonprofit sector and spotlight exceptional organizations that have made a lasting impact on its communities, with a specific emphasis on organizations committed to racial and social justice.Complete RFP: https://www.brooklyncommunityfoundation.org/spark/apply
    2. Local Initiatives Support Corporation: Applications for ESPN RePlay Program $$
      Deadline: May 15, 2019
      Amount: $75,000
      Category: Community Improvement/ Development
      Geographic Funding Area: California, Georgia, Michigan, Ohio
      Eligibility: Nonprofit with 501(c)(3) status
      Description: The RePlay Program is a national effort led by ESPN and the Local Initiatives Support Corporation with the purpose and goal of revitalizing vacant lots into places for sports, recreation and play. With financial support from ESPN and Under Armour, along with technical assistance from Local Initiatives Support Corporation, RePLay will provide grants to local community-based groups and other qualified organizations for planning and support of early stage projects, support of capital improvements and to close funding gaps for projects that are in the implementation phase of projects.
      Complete RFP: http://www.lisc.org/media/filer_public/_espon_replay_rfp.pdf
    3. Crown Family Philanthropies & Polk Bros Foundation: Youth Homelessness Fund $$$
      Deadline: June 3, 2019
      Amount: $10,000-$300,000
      Category: Youth/ Human Services
      Geographic Funding Area: Illinois
      Eligibility: Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status
      Description: The Polk Brother Foundation and Crown Family Philanthropies are both longtime supporters of efforts to prevent and end youth homelessness. Together, they launched the Youth Homlessness Innovation Fund to improve outcomes for young people experiencing housing instability and homlessness by spurring creativity, enabling disruption, and encouraging risk, to advance new opportunities for homeless youth.
      Complete RFP: https://www.polkbrosfdn.org/Youth-Homelessness-Innovation-RFP

Funder SpotlightPrudential

Last week, Prudential announced a commitment of more than $180 million in support of global efforts to help “opportunity youth” gain the skills they need to compete for and succeed in quality jobs. Prudential’s commitment is meant to create pathways to financial security for young people between the ages of 15 and 29 who lack access to school, training, or regular jobs. Prudential will support partnerships in more than 70 countries with grants, corporate contributions, and impact investments. The commitment, which extends through 2025 is the largest private-sector investment in opportunity youth. Read more about this investment here.

The Foundation’s three priority areas are: Education, Economic Development and Arts & Civic Infrastructure. To find out more information on how to apply for a grant look here. Click here.

Tip, trick or tool of the week: 

Salesforce published an article on the “5 Ways to Simplify Nonprofit Data Management.” The five steps offer simple ways to becoming a more data-driven nonprofit.

  1. Start where you are
  2. Understand how to use data for fundraising, volunteer recruitment, and programs
  3. Follow the rules where you operate
  4. Create a long-term strategy and identify resources
  5. Incorporate learnings into your day to day work

Click here to read more.

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